I know about stagnation. Been there - done that - still do it sometimes.
It is easy to get into a rut with our writing. Churning out the same old stuff from the same old ideas. The worst part is that we can be stagnant and not even know it. Then one day, we begin to feel the effects . We're sluggish, uninspired and downright stuck.
Let me share 6 suggestion to help you find the cause, the solution and move past your stagnation
1. Take a break. Do something different for a few days. Write purely for pleasure. Throw yourself into another activity you enjoy. Spend some special leisure time with the people you love. Treat yourself to a day spa or a couple hours at the hair salon with a manicure and pedicure thrown in for good measure.
2. Try something new. Play around with a different topic. Sketch the first ideas about a new story. Experiment with a different routine. Stretch your writing muscles - write by hand, write in the library, a coffee shop, a bookstore, the park, the beach, on your porch or backyard.
3. Tame the negative voices. They can reek havoc with your confidence in yourself as a writer, your abilities, your voice, your writing and your goals.
4. Turn to your favorite sources of inspiration. Books, blogs, photographs, places, people - whatever works for you.
5. Talk it out with other writers. They will share their experiences, offer advice that worked and works for them and support you through your recovery.
6. Trash it out in your journal. A writer can always find solutions and work through problems by writing in his or her journal.
Do you feel stagnant? Has you writing stalled? Are you going to try these suggestions? Maybe you have a few others that have worked for you in the past and still use from time to time. You're welcome to share them here.